Students advance to worldwide competition

A four-student team from Granville High School recently won an impressive design award at a robotics competition in New Hampshire.

The team, consisting of Marc Billow, Christina Rice, Jordan Penor and Joey Lea, was one of 71 in the event and had pre-qualified from a previous competition in February.

The design award is giving to the team that best displayed the use of the engineering design process during the construction and programming of their Robotic design, said Advisor Gary Gendron. This award qualified the Granville team to advance to the World’s Competition in Anaheim, Calif., this April.

After a presentation to the school board during a meeting Monday night, Gendron and his students explained how unique it is that they’ve qualified this far, and how important and beneficial it would be for them to continue competing.

“Granville might not have another team make it to this level for five or 10 years,” Gendron said. The only thing standing in the student’s way of going to California is funding, which they have until this Friday to secure.

After hearing this, Bessen asked the board if the district might be able to make up for the students what they can’t raise themselves.

Shaw then made a motion for a matching grant to help the students cover their trip costs, which add up to more than $4000.

“This is a terrific showing of the skills of the Granville students,” Gendron said. The students are still looking for more donations. To donate, call the school at 642-1051.

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